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In order to really understand the true realities
of working in a new career or occupation, you
really need to talk to the people who work in
that career on a daily basis - this is your pri-
mary research. These meetings are called infor-
mational meetings or career research meetings.
life and work.
Research is key to making a successful career
change. In the first article in this series, I discussed
how to explore career paths for a potential career
reinvention and the 5 key resources for researching
your career online. While this is always a productive
use of your time, this type of secondary research
will only provide you with one side of the equa-
Now, you need to find appropriate people you
can meet with to discuss potential career paths -
your primary research.
Tucker Energy Services Holdings Limited
We are seeking a dynamic and highly-motivated Internal Auditor to oversee the
planning and organizing of the activities of Internal Audit including the preparation
of an annual audit plan, scheduling and assigning work , and working with heads of
departments to meet the requirements of the company's business management
system. You will be required to travel overseas from time to time.
Either CIA, ACCA, CIMA, ACA or Acceptable University Accounting Qualification.
Computer Literate -- Dynamics SL or similar type accounting software, MS Excel ,MS
Word, PowerPoint, Computer based auditing
Thorough understanding of the principles and application of good corporate
governance, business and operational risk, internal control processes and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of audit procedures, including risk driven audit planning
techniques and methods used to examine, verify, and analyse business and
Minimum of five (5) years working experience in a similar position or an External
Minimum of three (3) years working experience in planning and directing audits
Can interpret and follow instructions, determine obstacles in advance, and offer
solutions as required.
Ability to work independently , with a detailed oriented approach and ability to
complete tasks and meet tight deadlines when required.
Good interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills and strong work
ethic, including the ability to interact in a professional manner with individuals
at all levels.
Positive, professional attitude and highly motivated.
Self-Starter with the ability to multi-task.
Strong planning, organization and prioritization skills and attentive to detail.
by 30th May 2014
In order to illustrate this concept more effec-
tively, I am going to use a fictitious character.
Tom, a lawyer has decided he wants a career
change, possibly changing to the field of profes-
Here are five sources Tom can use to find
people for information meetings:
Reach out to alumni career advisors, men-
tors, or any alumni from your undergraduate or
graduate school. In our example, Tom, could
login into his alumni database of his undergraduate
school or law school and search alumni by fields.
He could search for all alumni in his area in
fundraising, or he could broaden his search for
all alumni in fundraising, regardless of geography.
If he is able to get their email address from the
alumni database, he can reach out to them direct-
Tap into Professional Association contacts.
Tom, who is a member of the Bar Association,
could ask his bar association contacts if they
know any lawyers who have non-profit or uni-
versities as clients. If he is able to find such people,
he might then be able to ask them if they know
of anyone who works directly in fundraising roles.
However, a more fruitful approach might be for
Tom to go to an event at an association of
Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Boston, and
see if he might be able to meet some contacts
there that he could contact after the event to
explore the possibility of an informational meet-
Ask your first degree network who they
know. Tom could make a list of 20-25 people
he knows and then send them an email to ask
them if they know anyone in their network who
works in fundraising that he could meet with on
an informational basis.
LinkedIn Advanced People Search
Do an advanced people search on
LinkedIn. Tom could tap into his LinkedIn net-
work to see who in his network might be con-
nected to a fundraising professional. The advanced
people search is on the upper right hand corner
of the LinkedIn home page. Once he is on the
advanced search page, he can use the field entitled
"Keywords" or "Title" and input the word
"fundraising." He would then look at the search
results to see how many first degree or second
degree contacts he could find.
Join groups on LinkedIn. In addition, Tom
could go to the LinkedIn "Groups Directory"
under the "Groups" tab at the top of his LinkedIn
home page to search for groups with the word
"fundraising" in them. I just did this search and
found over 1,000 results. He could look through
the groups to find those of interest, or continue
his search by narrowing it down to his area. He
could then see who belongs to those groups and
if he has any close connections to the group
members. By joining a particular group, he would
also be able to email the group members directly,
even if he is not connected or linked to them
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